Bonobos, a rare and elusive species, are seldom filmed in the wild, and even less often seen without a film crew to interrupt and distract their normal behavior patterns. But now, footage captured in the Democratic Republic of Congo shows just that: a group of bonobos that thrives in its forests.
Set up by researchers from the Lukuru Wildlife Research Foundation, the footage captures a group of bonobos in the area from last April to July. The footage, was shot in what's called the TL2 landscape, which covers the Tshuapa, Lomami and Lualaba rivers. Jo Thompson, president of the foundation, told mongabay.com that it is "some of the first ever wild footage of bonobos living as they normally do without any interference from humans or presence of humans."
The video is simply abuzz with action: at 0:36, a mom walks by with her baby hitching a ride on her back. Ten seconds later, at 1:07, two bonobos get into a skirmish, one has a snack. Finally, at 1:24, an ape drags a big branch right in front of the camera.